My Mermaid (Part 2)

This post is part of the My Mermaid series. Click on the links below to take you to the previous posts: Introduction Prologue Part 1 Fortunately, he didn't kill himself. Someone hand delivered a letter from him the next day. The letter basically said that he wasn't going to see me anymore. To this day,…

Magical medicine that can give you a son

Dear Spouse had an interesting short conversation with an older Hmong man recently.  This was how the conversation went: Hmong man: How many children do you and MaiBao have? Dear Spouse: We have two. Hmong man: How many boys? Dear Spouse: We have two girls. Hmong man: You should go find medicine for MaiBao so…

Hmong superstitions

Shamanism and animism play a big role in Hmong lives.  We rely on our shamans to mediate and travel between the spirit and human worlds.  We believe every living thing (animal, plants, earth, sky, water, air) have a spirit.  And from these beliefs, superstitions are born. Merriam-Webster defines a superstition as: A) a belief or…